The Values Network (run by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach), has been running a
paid advertising campaign featuring Nobel prize winner Elie Wiesel
opposing Hamas’ use of children as human shields which he correctly labels as child sacrifice.
This ad (embedded below) has appeared in newspapers such as New York Times, New York Observer, Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal without complaint but today it was rejected by the London Times.
According to the NY Observer
representative of The Times wrote to the Rabbi’s ad-buying firm saying,
“In brief, [The Times] [feels] that the opinion being expressed is too
strong and too forcefully made and will cause concern amongst a
significant number of Times readers.”
Rabbi Shmuley, who was named London Times Preacher of the Year in 2000, is “appalled.”
a statement, he told the Observer, “At a time when Israel is fighting
for its very existence against the genocidal terrorists of Hamas, the
British media, already infamously skewed against Israel, refuses a paid
ad that every major American outlet – including The New York Times, The
Washington Post, and The Times sister publication The Wall Street
Journal – was proud to run as a full page ad.”
rabbi’s This World advertisement calls upon world leaders and “true
Muslims” to “condemn Hamas’ use of children as human shields.” The
advertisement was co-written by Elie Weisel and Rabbi Shmuley.
Observer has also exclusively learned from a political source with
knowledge of the President’s schedule that President Obama himself has
seen this ad. According to the source, “Elie Wiesel had lunch with
President Obama on Friday and presented the ad into his hand.” This
meeting was apparently not listed on the president’s schedule. The
source continued, “The president literally read it in front of Elie
The advertisement also points out key beliefs and principles shared by Jews, Muslims and lovers of peace.
Rabbi Shmuley added:
Wiesel is one of the most respected human beings alive, a Nobel Peace
Laureate, and is the living face of the [H]olocaust. No greater expert
on genocide exists in the whole world. His call for the end of child
sacrifice by Hamas who use children as human shields and a stop to their
genocidal charter which calls for the murder of Jews everywhere could
only offend the sensibilities of the most die-hard anti-Israel haters
and anti-Semites,” Rabbi Shmuley stated.”I am shocked that The Times
would engage in censorship of the worst kind to cater to such bigotry.
The Rabbi may be shocked but he shouldn’t be. Most Europeans have taken Hamas’ side in the Gaza war, and Great Britain which has long been anti-Israel is helping to lead the way.